Prey (ITV 2014-2015, John Simm, Rosie Cavaliero)

Thriller series Prey saw Detective Sergeant Marcus Farrow finding himself wrongly accused of murder and going on the run in order to try and clear his name. For Farrow the trouble starts when he starts digging into a case from the archives, when he finds himself under suspicion of murder he knows it is somehow linked to the case. he realises he needs to run if he is to clear his name. on his tail is acting Detective Chief Inspector Susan Reinhardt.

Prey heads out firmly into thriller territory and while the story has been done many times before it’s an exciting ride, in fact the pace os often relentless. the cast is top notch too, the only quibble would be that too much time is spent on acting Detective Chief Inspector Susan Reinhardt’s stalkerish antics with her ex – almost as if she is being set up for a spin off series of her own?

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In the end Reinhardt didn’t get her own series but she did get a second Prey serial, another three parter with Philip Glenister as the prey this time. It aired 9-23 December 2015. Glenister played Prison Officer Dave Murdoch who was forced to collude in the escape of a prisoner after his daughter is supposed to have been kidnapped. Again he goes on the run to clear his name and is pursued by Reinhardt.

production details
UK / ITV – Red / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 28 April – Monday 12 May 2014 and 9-23 December 2015

Writer: Chris Lunt / Producer: Tom Sherry / Director: Nick Murphy

John Simm as Detective Sergeant Marcus Farrow (episodes 1-3)
Philip Glenister as Dave Murdoch (episodes 4-6)
Rosie Cavaliero as Acting Detective Chief Inspector Susan Reinhardt
Craig Parkinson as Detective Inspector Sean Devlin
Anastasia Hille as Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Mackenzie
Benedict Wong as Detective Sergeant Ash Chan
Adrian Edmondson as assistant Chief Constable Warner
Heather Peace as Abi Farrow
Ezra Dent-Watson as Finn Farrow
Charlie Concannon as Max Farrow
Struan Rodger as Topher Lomax
Brian Vernel as Dale Lomax
Ray Emmet Brown as Tony Reinhardt
Meryl Hampton as Gilly Hanson
Elif Knight as Leila Hassan
Gem Carmella as Amira Hassan
Samuel Gomes as Da Silva asil Hassan
Greg Cook as Jeff Sharp
Helen Kay as Fme Spencer
Melissa Jane Sinden as Mrs Nutter
Jim Whelan as Mr Nutter
Abukar Osman as Malaqi
Zariah Bailey as Policeman
Daniel Jillings as Policeman
Anthony Grundy as Custody Sergeant
Zoe Dickens as Flo
Emma Edmondson as Janice
Louise Prodding as Police Officer

Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.